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National Monument of Scotland, on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, British Geological Survey image library reference P1090183, BGS © NERC

Welcome to MineralsUK

MineralsUK is the British Geological Survey's Centre for Sustainable Mineral Development. This website has a wealth of information on mineral resources, mineral planning, policy and legislation, sustainable development, statistics and exploration.

Minerals & you

Economic minerals – here you will find out what they are, where they come from and why they are important.

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A web–based Geographical Information System (GIS) has been produced to provide access to a range of Minerals Information Online.

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Digital maps


World Mineral Production 2012-2016
The latest edition of this long running series is now available.

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Evaporation ponds near the Khoor ‘Potash complex’ in central Iran, producing salt and carnallite. Photographer: A Benham. Copyright © IGS (International Geoscience Services) Ltd.


Secrets in the Stone
Paul Everett from the BGS building stones teams describes their work in helping to conserve the built heritage of the UK.

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Secrets in the Stone, BGS©NERC